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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Why Gay Kids Off Themselves

Clueless, frustrated old straight dude claims to speak for God . . . so what else is fucking new?  What follows could have come from any of the major Christian churches in this country.

And this divinely timed pronouncement came Sunday, after those five suicides.
Same-sex attraction can be overcome and any type of union other than marriage between a man and a woman is morally wrong, an LDS apostle told millions of Mormons on Sunday. “There are those today who not only tolerate but advocate voting to change laws that would legalize immorality, as if a vote would somehow alter the designs of God’s laws and nature,” Boyd K. Packer, president of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles, said in a strongly worded sermon about the dangers of pornography and same-sex marriage. “A law against nature would be impossible to enforce. Do you think a vote to repeal the law of gravity would do any good?” Some argue that “they were pre-set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural,” he said. “Not so! Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?"
Why indeed? Why infuckingdeed?  Unless, of course . . . that phony God is just a projection of a warped, arrogant, hate-filled straight man's mind.  Ya think?

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, responds:
Words have consequences, particularly when they come from a faith leader. This is exactly the kind of statement that can lead some kids to bully and others to commit suicide. When a faith leader tells gay people that they are a mistake because God would never have made them that way and they don’t deserve love, it sends a very powerful message that violence and/or discrimination against LGBT people is acceptable. It also emotionally devastates those who are LGBT or may be struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identify. His words were not only inaccurate, they were also dangerous.
Oh but wait, newsflash! Those kids didn't kill themselves because of bullying - no, they just couldn't live with "the shame of submission to their own evil desires."

Oh . . . right. See Rob Tisnai's brilliant post for the full explanation of the flowchart:

Dan Savage rips the religious right and points out the blood on their oh-so-holy hands:


dave said...

Not exactly the phrase Dan Savage want to hear from me, though I posted it on his own It Gets Better video, but:

God Bless Dan Savage. He's speaking the Truth.

Russ Manley said...

Yup. Dan can sometimes overdo or get a bit snarky, but I'm with him all the way here.

And God bless him for starting this video project. Many kids will see this and be helped.

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